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The nun who filed a case against the Bishop Franco Mulackal said that she was sexually abused and raped by the bishop for two years between 2014 and 2016.

The case in the southern state of Kerala has attracted global attention, as it is extremely rare for nuns to publicly accuse a superior of wrongdoing, let alone sexual assault.

Noting that she had filed the complaint against the bishop two months ago, the nun claimed even though the Special Investigation Team probing it was convinced of the proofs, they were not able to arrest him because of his political and economic power.

The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops's alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. She has been denied justice by the Church, government and the police. They alleged that the police officers were trying to delay the probe into the case to save the bishop. How is it possible that she didn't have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time?

The letter explains numerous incidents in which the nuns of the congregation faced negative experiences from the bishop. However, following the protest, the Kerala High Court on September 10 asked the police to submit a report on the action that has been taken since the complaint was lodged.

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With the police facing heat, a senior official has Monday said the bishop may be summoned to Kerala for interrogation. "The NCW has already taken up the matter and we will write to DGP demanding strict action against him".

The bishop confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

George Joseph, working president of the Joint Christian Council, said the protest was against the state government and police.

The police also dismissed protesters allegations that they were biased in any way and said that there were a "lot of contradictions" in the statements given by the nun, witnesses and accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese and that a decision on further action would be taken after clearing all the doubts.

The Missionaries of Jesus sister has also complained of harassment - including multiple death threats - since going public with her complaint against Mulakkal. "Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi.


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